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The Bibliographer's Manual of English Literature. Containing an Account of Rare

The Bibliographer’s Manual of English Literature. Containing an Account of Rare, Curious, and Useful Books, Published in or Relating to Great Britain and Ireland, from the Invention of Printing with Bibliographical and Critical Notices, Collations oof the Rarer Articles, and the Prices at Which They have been Sold

LOWNDES, William Thomas First Edition. octavo, three-quarter maroon morroco with five raised bands and marbled boards, text block edges marbled. (xiv), 530; (ii), 531-1054; (ii), 1055-1528; (ii) 1529-2002. William Pickering , Item #125 in the 1984 Grolier Club exhibit of books about books, ".still the best general bibliography of English literature from the book collector's viewpoint. It was, however, a financial failure, and Lowndes, a third-generation bookseller, was forced to give up his own business and work as a cataloguer for H. G. Bohn." "[Lowndes] wished to say something regarding the circumstances under which a book was published or printed, its contents, the edition (especially if limited), its rarity, and whether the author had published it anonymously, under his own name, or that of a pseudonym.Another point on which he desired to impart information, especially in the case of very rare works, the originals of which could not easily be consulted, was the reprints that had been made of them.Nor was he content to merely give the titles of books; he desired also to state in what esteem they were held by reviewers and wruters of established credit and ability.A careful inspection of Lowndes' "Manual".cannot fail to impress one not only with his extensive knowledge of books but also with the thoroughness with which he performed his task." George Watson Cole, "Do You Know Your Lowndes?" in "The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America" Vol. 33, 1939. This set interleaved. Each volume with the bookplate of Dr. Eugene S. Flamm, neurosurgeon, bibliophile and former president of the Grolier Club. Scuffed edges and scuffed outer hinges, binding solid. octavo, three-quarter maroon morroco with five raised bands and marbled boards, text block edges marbled
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Early Medicine from the Body to the Stars

d'ANDIRAN, Gerald (editor) First Edition. large thick quarto, pictorial boards and linen, with printed original wrap-around band. (592)pp. Schwabe, Extensively illustrated in black and white and in color. A unique publication and exhibition on the history of medicine In the autumn of 2010, the Martin Bodmer Foundation (Geneva) organizes a unique exhibition on the history of medicine. From Antiquity to the 17th century, 250 items chronicle major developments from a historical and scientific perspective. Step by step, the exhibition follows the path of knowledge as it was formed by a large variety of contacts and influences. The organization of the exhibition is entrusted to Dr. Gerald d'Andiran, Curator and Editor, and to Professor Charles Mela, Director of the Foundation, with the support of Professors Vincent Barras and Bernardino Fantini. From medicine as it was practised in Ancient Egypt, the exhibition illustrates the Greek origins of the medical art and how knowledge was transmitted through Nestorians, Jews and Arabs. Manuscripts dating from the 8th and 9th centuries suggest an autonomous monastic medical tradition. The medieval herbals and the treatises on Theriaca confirm the close attachment to nature. The hand, exalted in a philosophical text by Galen, becomes a symbol of harmony and knowledge. In the Middle Ages, antique concepts and the erudition of learned men let Hippocrates coexist with astronomy (zodiacal man, astrolabe) and alchemy. The medieval development accompanies the humanist renewal of the 12th century and the writings of Hildegard von Bingen, exalting the soul. It also underlines the social dimension of the Hotel-Dieu. In parallel with the science of proportions, the reinvented anatomy becomes an expression of beauty. This is followed by the generalization of manuscripts, the development of surgery and clinical teachings, and the scientific contributions from the 14th to the 17th century. Asia also forged its paths of medicine, with acupuncture and ayurvedic therapy. Thirty documents, never presented before, include "wishes for health and long life" (Ming dynasty) and a scroll with the calligraphy of the Buddhist healer's name, Yakushi Bhaisajyaguru. Among prestigious foreign partners, we mention the British Library and the Wellcome Library (London), the Bodleian Library (Oxford), the Bibliotheque nationale de France and the Musee du Louvre (Paris), the Biblioteca apostolica Vaticana, the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana (Firenze), and the National Library of Sweden (Stockholm). catalogue With notes from 98 international contributors. From the library and with the bookplate of Dr. Eugene Somer Flamm. Very slight scuff to cloth, otherwise a very fine, clean copy. large thick quarto, pictorial boards and linen, with printed original wrap-around band
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Out of Sorts. On Typography and Print Culture

DANE, Joseph A. First Edition. octavo, boards in dust jacket. (xii), (243) pp. University of Pennsylvania, The new history of the book has constituted a vibrant academic field in recent years, and theories of print culture have moved to the center of much scholarly discourse. One might think typography would be a basic element in the construction of these theories, yet if only we would pay careful attention to detail, Joseph A. Dane argues, we would find something else entirely: that a careful consideration of typography serves not as a material support to prevailing theories of print but, rather, as a recalcitrant counter-voice to them. In Out of Sorts Dane continues his examination of the ways in which the grand narratives of book history mask what we might actually learn by looking at books themselves. He considers the differences between internal and external evidence for the nature of the type used by Gutenberg and the curious disconnection between the two, and he explores how descriptions of typesetting devices from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries have been projected back onto the fifteenth to make the earlier period not more accessible but less. In subsequent chapters, he considers topics that include the modern mythologies of so-called gothic typefaces, the presence of nontypographical elements in typographical form, and the assumptions that underlie the electronic editions of a medieval poem or the visual representation of typographical history in nineteenth-century studies of the subject. With 38 illustrations. Very fine.
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The Romance of Bookselling: A History from the Earliest Times to the Twentieth Century

MUMBY, Frank T. First American Edition. octavo, red cloth stamped in gilt. xviii, (491)pp. Little Brown & Co, With a bibliography by W. H. Peet. From the author's Preface: "My reason for offering this work is that no one else has attempted to write an adequate history of English bookselling and publishing. Wherever I looked for information on the subject I was faced with regrets that so little had been done to explore this evaded field of research.In my own book an attempt has been made, for the first time, to tell the whole story of English bookselling with something approaching completeness - tracing its origin as far as possible in the classic days of ancient Rome; its struggle for existence through the Long Night of the Dark Ages; and its subsequent organisation and development through the centuries down to the present day." "It is a mine of information. Much of it based on personal knowledge." Robin Myers, The British Book Trade, p. 157. Extensively illustrated. With the bookplate of Dr. Eugene S. Flamm, neurosurgeon, bibliophile and former president of the Grolier Club. With the pencil signature of "M[arion] E Dodd / Northampton / Mass / 1922" on the front endpaper. Marion E. Dodd was one of the founders of The Hampshire Bookshop in 1916. Spine faded, one inch tear to cloth at back outer hinge. Front inner hinge slightly weak as are several locations in the text block. Pencil notations to several chapters, especially Edmund Curll and Samuel Johnson. octavo, red cloth stamped in gilt
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Dictionaries of the Printers and Booksellers Who Were at Work in England, Scotland and Ireland 1557-1775

PLOMER, H. R., H. G. Aldis, G. H. Bushnell, E. R. McC. Dix, A. E. Esdaile and R. B. Mc Kerrow large quarto, blue cloth. (346) pp. The Bibliographical Society, Four volumes reprinted in compact form in one volume. Unrevised reprint of the original volumes: 1577-1640, first printed 1910; 1641-1667, first printed 1907; 1668-1725, first printed 1922; 1726-1775, first printed 1932. Information pulled together from different sources including scarce biographies and autobiographies. Robin Myers, The British Book Trade: "1557 to 1640.An introduction surveys the state of the trade and regulations relaing thereto.; 1641-1667.This fills the gap between the Stationers' Registers and the Term Catalogues of Arber.and gives the imprint showing place, biographical detail and description of the character of the trade carried on, preceded, as with the above mentioned works, by a background history of the trade during the period.; 1668-1725.This covers an important period of trade history marked by the expiry of the Licensing Act in 1695, the imposing of paper and pamphlet duties which caused many English books to be printed abroad at cheaper rates, the Copyright Act of 1 709 and the establishment of provincial presses.; 1727-1775.The last of the Bibliographical Society's dictionaries includes quotations from authorities such as Timperley." With the bookplate of Dr. Eugene S. Flamm, neurosurgeon, bibliophile and former president of the Grolier Club. "London 23 June 1978" penned on the front free endpaper. A very fine, clean copy.